Robyn Brown-Manning, PhD, M.Phil, LMSW
Robyn Brown-Manning is the President of Kriya Associates, Inc, a nationally recognized human services consulting firm. With over 30 years practice experience, Ms. Brown-Manning has extensive background in child welfare services, diversity and anti-oppression issues. She is also a certified Feng Shui practitioner.
In addition to her practice, Dr. Brown-Manning is an adjunct assistant professor at Iona College, teaching Human Diversity in Social Work and Social Welfare Policy. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she teaches Social Welfare Policy, Practice Lab and Child Welfare Policy.
Dr. Brown-Manning’s research interests include the relationships between African American mothers and their sons, anti-oppressive social work practice, and the physical environments of social service settings. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled, “We don’t give birth to thugs; we give birth to children”: The Emotional Journeys of African-American Mothers Raising Sons under American Racism.
Dr. Brown-Manning is the very proud mother of one son, who is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Fine Arts.
Christopher John, L.M.S.W.
Forensic Social Worker
Christopher John is a Supervising Case Manager of Clinical Services for the Forensic Care Coordination Program within the Westchester County Department of a Community Mental Health. Mr. John has extensive experience with the severely mentally ill population and forensics with most of his career focusing on reducing the recidivism rate of the mentally ill while providing comprehensive clinical and community services and supports to alleviate this issue.
After graduating from Iona College with his Bachelor in Social Work in 2002 and Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 2003 he was employed in an alternative to incarceration Program (T.A.S.C.) managing 13 courts in Westchester and a specialized Felony Drug Court. Mr. John also worked at the Westchester a County Jail as a Pre-Release Counselor where he coordinated services for the inmates, facilitated groups, initiated a Re-Entry Program and developed a mandated group for sentenced inmates called "Cognitive Life Skills".
Returning to D.C.M.H. allowed him to use his multileveled skills to transition severe and persistent mentally ill inmates from the jails and prisons back to the community, develop and coordinate a nationally recognized Care Coordination Program, train and educate Westchester and Rockland Police Departments on police safety, crisis intervention and the mentally ill, initiate and train in S.O.A.R. for SSI/SSDI benefits for the homeless mentally ill, collaborate with the Probation and Parole Departments, and develop his skills and experience with a population that is traditionally denied services.
Mr. John is also an adjunct professor at Iona College teaching Introduction to Social Work and HBSE: Life Course. His future pursuits are to obtain his Ph.D. in Social Work and further develop services and programs for the forensic and mentally ill populations.
Coordinator of Minority Services
Ms. Tamaris Princi is the Coordinator of Minority Services at the Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc. (WILC) and its satellite office in Yonkers, NY. Ms Princi was born in the Bronx and moved to Hartsdale at the age of 10. Ms. Princi is a second generation Puerto Rican.
Ms. Princi has her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Iona College and her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. She has interned with Westchester County Department of Mental Health in various capacities and has a strong passion for re-entry services. Following that, she was hired at The Westchester Independent Living Center and helped lay the foundation for the New York State Department of Health Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver. Her interest in and commitment to the Independent Living movement led her to become the Lead Administrator for the NHTD Waiver program, helping hundreds of consumers transition from Nursing Homes back to community living.
Currently, Tamaris is the Coordinator of Minority Services and is responsible for program development and outreach. Ms. Princi works with local Asian, Arabic, African-American and Hispanic Communities to identify needs and create solutions that are tailored to each ethnicity. She is the founder and coordinator of LaFuente NY, a coalition that helps businesses and social service agencies connect to the Hispanic consumer. Tamaris is also an appointed member of Westchester County’s Hispanic Advisory Board and is currently pursuing an MBA at Iona College’s Hagan School of Business.
Ms. Princi’s commitment to Independent Living and Minority Relations has been demonstrated through partnerships spanning the entire county. Ms. Princi realizes that both minorities and people with disabilities must continue to fight for their right to be independent and full participants in our society.
Jacqueline Ripepi, LMSW
Jacqueline Ripepi, LMSW, has worked as the Counselor/Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Education Services within the Iona College Counseling Center since January 2011. Ms. Ripepi is thrilled to begin teaching Social Work Processes I as an adjunct professor beginning in the fall 2013 semester. Within the Counseling Center, Ms. Ripepi provides substance abuse counseling, mandated assessment and intervention, personal counseling, as well as, advocacy, outreach and prevention programming for the college community. She completed a master's degree in social work at Columbia University in May 2008 and has extensive clinical experience in working with chemically dependent or dual diagnosis clients. Prior to coming to Iona, Ms. Ripepi was the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Coordinator and Addiction Therapist at the Realization Center in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Ripepi has also held social work positions within an inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient community mental health centers, and a general medical facility. Ms. Ripepi is looking forward to engaging students in the classroom and sharing her experience and passion for social work.